Charles Leonard Ray, 75, husband, father, grandpa, brother, “Hawke the Mt Man, scout leader, uncle and loyal friend passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019 and was greeted by his eternal sidekick and sweetheart Lee Ann Ray, who passed away in 2017. What a joyous reunion they are having. Charles didn’t want to pass away alone. His son Matthew and daughter in- law Karen, were by his side the whole way. He also had his family and friends that came to show their love to him.
Charles was born October 10,1943 his parents were Harold and Ruhama Adair Ray who had adopted Charles and his brother Robert L Ray into their family. Charles had an older brother named Bill(deceased), Nadi, Mary(deceased), and brother Dan(deceased).
Charles achievements are many. Charles didn’t graduate from high school which never held him back from accomplishing great things in this world. As we all know, Charles, was a very broad man, towering at 6’2” taller when he stood straight. Of course, his height might seem average but to his son Matthew and wife Lee Ann he was their giant. Strong and having the biggest heart. Charles looked past flaws and disabilities. He did his best to treat everyone the same. He wanted to be your friend the instant he met you. Charles achieved being a father to their only child Matthew. Teaching him skills of hard work, loyalty to family and friends, and his passion towards scouts. Scouting for Charles was his life. It’s what made him feel he was completing his life’s work. He always helped encourage the kids to achieve their Eagle scout award. Charles himself pushed to receive his own achievements. To name just a few.
1988- National Presidents Scoutmaster Award
2002- Silver Beaver Award
2007- Veterans Award 40 years
2013- Veterans Award 45 years
The list goes on. He was always so proud of being part of the scouting program and was a natural.
Charles always kept himself busy. He loved the Mountain Man Rendezvous. He and Lee Ann used to attend many. Charles mountain man name was, Hawke. He learned to throw the tomahawk. He loved to show his talent to his scouts, family and friends.
Charles made himself know to his favorite hair academy Evans, the girls loved him there. He made many friends at the Lindon Senior Center. He rang the bell at Smiths Grocery store in Pleasant Grove for many years. Charles always strived to help support missionaries no matter if that was from his ward or family. He loved the gospel and his Father in Heaven, who he knew the gospel to be true. He loved his family, friends and ward family. He loved the scouts because “Scouting is his Life”.
Charles you will truly be missed by all and thank you for everything you have done.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Pleasant Grove Stake Center Chapel, 275 East 500 South, with a viewing from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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